Is College Basketball Already Too Easy For Zion Williamson, Duke Freshmen?

Is College Basketball Already Too Easy For Zion Williamson, Duke Freshmen?

"To play this well on this stage, right away against Kentucky is surprising, " Krzyzewski said.

Kansas looked like the No. 1 team for, oh, about two hours because Zion Williamson happened. Barrett's dunk with 16:11 remaining made it 72-47, Alex O'Connell's 3-pointer with 11:45 remaining made it 91-54 and Duke topped the 100-point mark on another dunk by Barrett with 7:36 left.

Kentucky only got as close as 27 until the waning moments. "We have a big target on us, and every environment we go to is going to be like that, so just to get used to it".

BTW - if you didn't see the game last night (shame on you) we got Zion highlights below. told you they were ridiculous. That's the Kentucky Wildcats. Also, the 118 points are the most by the Blue Devils against a team from a major conference since a 120-84 home win over UCLA in 1998. Still, you can bet coach Mike Krzyzewski will try to fix his team's flaws and make Duke an even more hard matchup. The Wildcats were outscored 60-38 in the paint. Freshman wing Tyler Herro added 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Kentucky shot only 44.1 percent from the field (26 of 59) and was just 4-for-17 from deep. The game marked the first time Kentucky faced a ranked opponent in a season opener since a 79-71 overtime loss to Clemson in 1995.

But in a game that was basically one giant Duke run - literally, as the Blue Devils created one fast break after another, resulting from their 10 steals and the Wildcats' 15 turnovers (Duke had only four), opening with a 27-10 advantage and outscoring Kentucky by the same 59-42 margin in both halves - it wasn't just the freshmen who were almost ideal.

In Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in the fourth-iteration of the Champions Classic and the first one that was held in Indianapolis, then-No.

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There were multiple possessions on Tuesday night where it took one dribble for Zion to go from the three-point line, past Reid Travis - Kentucky's 6-foot-8, 260 pound forward that was athletic enough to be recruited to play football at the BCS level - and all the way to the rim.

That overall display - in a game that the Blue Devils entered as a slight underdog - is sure to be the primary topic amongst college basketball fans at water coolers in offices across the country for days to come. "Obviously, we were all very excited and hyped up for that game, and it's kind of a blow to your chest".

Duke: "Every game will be like that".

"We really do care", Travis said.

Kentucky hosts Southern Illinois in the Wildcats' regular-season home opener Friday night at 6 p.m.

Duke next faces Army on Sunday.

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